Sidney Gale is a medical doctor who has published a number of non- fiction books. Unto the Breach is his first work of fiction.

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February 12, 2013

Canadian Living chooses Unto the Breach for their March Book Club.

Here’s what Donna Paris had to say in her book review:

But seriously, a doctor who writes good books? Honestly, people like this make me feel like I am a lout. I mean, I’m a writer/editor, but I can’t cure you of anything except hopefully, boredom.

Back to the book. Here are the Top 5 reasons why I like this book.

1. I like the premise of the story: three teen boys and their teacher take a sailing trip. Two of the boys don’t really like each other – but the story gets hairy when they have to perform a surgery out on the water.

2. It’s written for adolescent boys, which is a nice change, as so many books are written for girls. It’s a tale of adventure and suspense with some good gore thrown in, too. But the surprise here is that adults like it, too.

3. I love the detail in the book. Gale doesn’t hold back, especially when he talks about the emergency surgery that must be performed. And, perhaps, maybe even probably, because he is a doctor and knows the language of that world, it rings true. It doesn’t sound phony.

4. All the subplots. I like how the boys are forced to deal with each other, the story about sailing and their interactions with parents and their teacher. Really, it’s all the detail that he writes with that make it so interesting.

5. Some fresh things that I have never seen before in a novel, such as Chapter 36. Which only has one line.

I read this book in a weekend, it was a fun, easy read. Something a little different.


Unto The Breach called a “great summer read” by Mommy’s Memmorandum:

“Gale weaves a story of suspense as three teenage boys and their high school teacher take a sailing trip together…the story became something I could lose myself in as it unfolded. I enjoyed watching the characters develop and appreciated the approach where they left the shore as boys and as the need for them to think, act and lend aid in the crisis they emotionally grew up. They must maintain the duties of the sailboat, survive and perform serious surgery before the book ends…This story is probably more appealing to young men, but interesting enough to capture a girl’s thrill of adventure.”

A new book review posted by Dad of Divas’ Blog:

“This was a book that will definitely take you on an amazing journey from start to finish. It was a book that kept me on the edge of my seat and made me wonder what I would do in a similar situation. I will say that even though I am not a sailor, I still appreciated the book and everything that was in the book about sailing, and I actually came out of the book much more knowledgeable about sailing in general. Outside of this the author has done an amazing job at developing the characters within the book, and because of this the plot and the adventure that ensues becomes even more tangible and poignant. This was an amazing story that all young readers will enjoy! ”

May 21, 2012

Unto The Breach has been selected by the English Language Teaching Department of Cambridge University Press, UK, for inclusion in its First for Schools Trainer book aimed at 12-16 year old students learning English as a second language.

February 18, 2012

A new review by a 13 year-old reader on Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews blog.

“This book by Sidney Gale was awesome. The story honestly made me feel something, which is something that every author should want to achieve when writing.”

October 2, 2011

Here’s what Rob Bittner from CM Magazine has to say about Unto the Breach:

  • “suspenseful and gripping”
  • “compelling”
  • “Gale works well with suspense, always giving enough information but not too much.”
  • “The unique aspect of this work is the ending, which is both ambiguous and inspiring. There is no beautiful ending wrapped up in a bow, which makes it all much more impactful, and, therefore, more realistic.”

September 8, 2011

A new article about Sidney and Unto the Breach has been posted on

August 29, 2011

My interview with The Word Nerd.

August 10, 2011

A review on the Yummy Mummy Club by high school student Tyler.

August 8, 2011

Here is a review on Goodreads, a great site for book lovers. Here’s a small excerpt:

“It is so hard to find books for young males that aren’t contrived and boring. This book is neither. It reminds me of Gordon Korman books which are well-loved by many.”

August 7, 2011

Excited to see that Unto the Breach is getting lovely reviews on

July 21, 2011

Here is a review by Mommy Kat and Kids.

July 20, 2011

Brei Wilson, The Word Nerd blogger, posted a review of Unto the Breach!

March 23, 2011

Enter to win a free copy of Unto the Breach in the Goodreads giveaway!

February 13, 2011

Now up and running on Goodreads. See my profile here.

February 11, 2011

Unto the Breach is now available in paperback and for Kindles on Amazon.

January 16, 2011

Lulu names Unto the Breach one of its Top 100 Books for Teens.

The Canadian Shark Class Association recommends Sidney Gale’s Unto the Breach: “It’s an adventure book with a twist (think, surgery on a boat in a storm).”

A free preview of Unto the Breach is now available!

“Gale is a knowledgeable author, who creates sympathetic and interesting characters.” Reviewer compares Sidney Gale to Canadian author Gordon Kormon.

Unto the Breach is available to download as an eBook.

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"Neither my son nor I could put this down, as once the story picks up, it certainly starts flying! I applaud Gale for a book that reminds me of the adventure stories of my own youth-I'd recommend for parents who enjoyed the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and Choose Your Own Adventure stories, and who want to pass these legacies on, in updated form, to their own children."
- Avid sailor (12/08/2010)
"A wild ride from start to finish. If you are, or know of a young sailor, Unto the Breach is a must read. One can feel the wind, the waves and the tension between the crew members as they are forced to rise to the challenge of their young lives. Well-researched and technically accurate, this book will not disappoint."
- James P (10/25/2010)
"A beautiful novel portraying teen dynamics challenged during a horrible adventure. I enjoyed the suspense and rhythm... Just fabulous."
- Guylaine H (10/26/2010)
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